Background Paper. Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic
Arctic Transform, September 4, 2008: Lead authors: Timo Koivurova, Arctic Centre, Henna Tervo, Arctic Centre, Adam Stepien, Arctic Centre
The aim of this paper is to present the situation of the Arctic indigenous peoples in relation to the changing marine environment. However, the role of the marine environment can only be understood in a wider context of the overall situation of Arctic Indigenous peoples due to the complexity of their respective indigenous ways of life. Therefore, it's necessary to describe not only the direct impacts of climate change on the Arctic marine environment but also on the terrestrial areas of indigenous peoples. To complete the picture, a focus is also placed on economical, legal and political aspects.